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Greetings, kitchen lovers!

I have seen some very interesting news today, my solid wood enthusiasts! I was thrilled to learn about a project using tree faces that has been taking place in the Forest of Dean. The Forest of Dean is a magnificent ancient woodland located in Gloucestershire, not far from our original flagship showroom. Since it is full of beautiful trees, I am of course a huge fan and have visited on more than one occasion – and Cabineto enjoys it too, since they have a little train to ride on and acres of fields to frolic in. On a recent trip, I noticed some strange faces watching me from the woods…

These handsome fellows have been planted throughout the Forest of Dean to catch litter-bugs!

These tree faces aren’t just for decoration – oh no – they live to serve. See, workers in the Forest of Dean noticed lots of litter – including crisp packets from over 30 years ago – and felt action needed to be taken! Crime fell in Rotterdam after 10,000 pairs of eyes were painted throughout the city (that’s 20,000 eyes in total!), and taking inspiration from that, the Forest of Dean council decided that this would be the best way to deter visitors from leaving litter behind.

What do you think of these friendly tree faces? I love them and hope they roll this out to woodlands far and wide shortly!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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How do deTerrarinos?

Spring has sprung! The clocks have changed, the daffodils are out and the birds are singing. Such a beautiful time of year, and perfect for giving your solid wood kitchen a bit of a spring clean. There is nothing better than a freshly spruced-up kitchen, and I’m sure that kitchen enthusiasts need no encouragement to show yours a little love! As a special treat, I’m sharing my top tips for giving your kitchen a spring clean below.

This beautiful solid wood kitchen is looking great after a quick spring cleaning!
  • Take everything off your worktops so you can clean the surfaces and tiles or splashbacks behind – easy-peasy. My solid wood worktops can get cluttered by all sorts, but I find this is a great time to sort through everything before I put it back!
  • Use a mixture of 95% warm water and 5% liquid soap for wiping down your worktop – wood is a natural product and shouldn’t be cleaned or treated with aggressive products as it may get ruined!
  • Remove everything from your cupboards so that you can clean them properly with the soapy mixture disclosed in my secret recipe above. I like to move stuff around before I put it back – it keeps me on my toes!
  • Clear out the ‘stuff’ drawer! Everybody has one, and whether yours is filled with take-out menus, junk mail or old batteries, now is the time to reclaim it. Remove, recycle, and re-organise your way through it and I promise the end result will be intensely satisfying.
Lemon is a great natural cleanser – so save the oranges and have some juice when you’re done!

Looking for a more in-depth step-by-step guide for your spring clean routine? You are in luck, kitchen crew! Way back in entry one hundred and seventy eight I wrote out some spring cleaning instructions for all you solid wood kitchen owners.

I’m all-ears if any of you have spring cleaning tips for solid wood kitchens that you would like to share with me. You can reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter or let us know in the comments below – but you’ll have to be quick, I’m off to grease up my elbows!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist.


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Howdy kitchen comrades!

Spring is rapidly approaching, and what better way to celebrate than with some new kitchen wares! These country kitchen accessories really speak to me since they’re all inspired by nature – and they’ll be the perfect complement for any of our oak kitchens! So sit back and be energized by my top pick of kooky kitchen doodads, all influenced by mother nature herself.

This Emma Bridgewater Marmalade Radio is the perfect way to add some zest to your kitchen!

Image Credit: Emma Bridgewater

Mini Bluetooth Radio

This Emma Bridgewater Marmalade Mini Bluetooth Radio has a bright zesty lemon print, perfect for injecting some zing into your kitchen. The Bluetooth means you can stream music from your computer, phone or tablet – but if you prefer the good ol’ fashioned radio like myself, you’ll have hundreds of stations to choose from.

Laura Ashleys’ set of 4 flower measuring spoons is one of my all-time top country kitchen accessories!

Image Credit: Laura Ashleys

Flower Measuring Spoons

These bloomin’ beautiful flower measuring spoons are perfect for a nature lover like myself – bringing the outside in is easy with the perfect country kitchen accessories! This most unusual design has beautifully mellow tones that look like they have been taken right out of an English country garden.

This egg storage house is the perfect place for your eggs!

Image Credit: Next

Egg House

Now, the observant amongst you may have noticed that this is not strictly taken from nature. But how could I leave this out? An egg house that looks like a chicken coop. As far as country kitchen accessories go, this is a real winner. The creamy colour is perfect for traditional country kitchens and how could anybody refuse the opportunity of collecting the eggs from a real coop and dropping them off here when the job is done?

An apple shaped oven dish a day keeps the doctor away… or something!

Image Credit: Laura Ashleys

Apple Oven Dish

This apple shaped oven dish from Laura Ashley is a great way to get your 5-a-day in! Of course – I jest – but you really could cook anything in this fantabulous ceramic dish. It’s too much fun to keep in a cupboard – so I’d suggest storing this in an open unit or at least one with a glazed door so everybody can see the snazzy country kitchen accessories inside!

The new Yellow Wallflower pattern from Emma Bridgewater really puts a spring in my step!

Image Credit: Emma Bridgewater

Yellow Wallflower Mug

The new yellow wallflower pattern from Emma Bridgewater is perfect for spring. A fresh, bright yellow is the perfect complement for the fantastic florals featured in the pattern. This final pick of my country kitchen accessories would look fandabbydosey hung on a hook underneath a solid oak kitchen wall unit.

So there you have it folks – my top country kitchen accessories for spring. Have you got any nature inspired features in your kitchen? I’d love to see them, so feel free to send us a snap on Facebook or Pinterest!


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Good morning deTerra dudes and dudettes!

keep on feeling the love on the last day of our February sale!

Today I am the bearer of some less than fantastic news – it’s the end of our fantastic February sale! The snazztastic 10% discount has been available on all of our solid wood kitchens and wooden worktops for the entire month, but like all good things, must come to an end.

If you have met the kitchen of your dreams but haven’t made a move – act fast! You still have until 23:59 tonight to feel the deTerra love and claim this fantabulous 10% discount on orders with us. All you need to do is put the code LOVE10 in at the checkout when you come to place your order – simple as that! All of our solid wood kitchens and worktops are included and the discount is the same whatever you’re spending – but be speedy my kitchen comrades, I wouldn’t want you to miss out of this blooming beautiful deal!

Don’t worry – even though February is coming to a close, there are plenty of ways that you can share your feelings throughout the rest of the year. If you want to show us the love for your solid wood kitchens and countertops, I’d be made up if you wanted to send us a snap on Facebook or Twitter!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Happy Valentine’s Day tree lovers!

This wishing tree was spotted at St. Nectan’s Glen in North Cornwall!

Good news – I have just discovered that money really does grow on trees – or rather, in trees. That’s right fans of oak kitchens, evidence of money in trees has been found in forests and parks across the country. Though be warned – if you do come across a felled tree that has coins protruding from it, you might not want to take them out!

The unusual sight of trees sporting rings of coins has been said to date back to the 1700s, where money would be hammered into the trunks and stumps of fallen trees to rid a person of illnesses. The ailment is then said to be absorbed by the tree, which is why you wouldn’t want to pull one out – because legend says you’ll contract their sickness! These days the tradition has evolved and is more commonly associated with making a wish – much like a wishing well.

Not all trees can become one of our beautiful oak kitchens or solid wood worktops, and I can’t think of a lovelier way for a fallen fellow to be given a new lease of life. What could be better than holding the hopes and dreams of hundreds or thousands of people?

These trees have been found from Scotland to Cornwall, so if you have a wish that’s yet to be granted, what are you waiting for?! If your biceps aren’t already bulging, you might want to get the weights out first, as it is said that wishes are only granted if you manage to drive your coin through the bark of the tree and into the wood.

With so many trees up and down the country, there are a lot of different traditions associated with them. In Scotland, there is even a ‘kissing tree’; legend says that if you can drive a nail into the tree with one blow, you would earn a kiss from your sweetheart!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and that all your wishes are granted on this spectacular day of love!

Ta ta for now,

the deTerra diarist


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